I was delighted to hear the fantastic news that my Iolanthe Award application was successful.
I was awarded £1,500 for attending a Diagnostic Assessment and Decision Making CPD module. This was a great achievement, I was so pleased as Iolanthe only give out one Dora Opoku Midwives Award each year, and the judges thought that my application was the most worthy of the award. This course is a prerequisite for the Pharmacology and Prescribing in Clinical Practice course which I wish to undertake soon. I am currently working as a midwife in the Diabetes team caring for women with diabetes during pregnancy and the postnatal period. Being eager to learn and progress I was keen to develop clinical skills and broaden my knowledge base. I am enthusiastic and dedicated with an unwavering commitment to the provision of high-quality care for women, babies and families.
Now that I have nearly completed it, insights gained from the Diagnostic Assessment module have conveyed essential knowledge to underpin my role as a diabetes midwife, and prescriber going forwards.
This includes developing knowledge related to underpinning diagnostic and decision-making theory, deepening knowledge of the principles of clinical testing and associated cliometrics /test interpretation, as well as further deepening my knowledge of underpinning physiology. The women I care for will benefit from my expertise and knowledge to be able to support their clinical needs improving maternal and neonatal outcomes.
I hope to successfully complete this Diagnostic Assessment module to enable me to access the prescribing module in 2022. These modules together would then confer a Post Graduate Certificate in Advanced Health Assessment and Prescribing or, if I prefer, to continue further studying to achieve a PG Dip or MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice.